LA Kings: Three takeaways from Monday’s game against Blues

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3. Kupari’s confidence continues to build

What a difference in confidence Rasmus Kupari exudes on the ice compared to his first three games. The 21-year-old played in his fifth NHL game on Monday, tallying a 76.9 xGF%, second-best on the team next to Trevor Moore. He showed terrific speed carrying the puck into the Kings attacking zone in the second period, firing a shot on Blues’ netminder Jordan Binnington. Even better, he followed his own shot and had a second look.

The loss dropped the Kings to a 21-26-7 record, the ninth-worst winning percentage in the league for those starting to look at the potential NHL Draft order.